David Morris to Retire as County’s Attorney of Over 20 Years

David Morris. (Photo/Conrad Baker)

David Morris at a Board of Supervisors meeting. (Photo/Conrad Baker)

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – David Morris, the Livingston County Board of Supervisors’ attorney for more than two decades, announced that he will soon retire.

Morris began in his current capacity on New Year’s Day, 1992. Whoever the next County Attorney is has big shoes to fill.

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“David has been an integral part of the County for so long, his counsel and his way of doing things will definitely be missed,” said County Administrator Ian Coyle after Monday’s Ways and Means Committee meeting. “As the Committee knows, this is a key position in county government.”

Advertisements seeking a new County Attorney went out on Monday.

Coyle also recommended to the Livingston County Ways and Means Committee that the Board of Supervisors make the County Attorney position full-time, up from part-time. This would mean that the applicant cannot maintain a private practice as an attorney while serving as County Attorney.

The incoming County Attorney will make $120,000 per year. The applicant must be admitted to the Bar in the State of New York and have eight years of full-time experience in the practice of law, preferably with municipal law and civil litigation experience.

The position is an unusual one in that the candidate must be a resident of Livingston County by the time of the appointment.

“That doesn’t mean that non-county residents can’t apply,” said Coyle. “It just means that if they’re going to come on in June, for example, they would need to reside in Livingston County by that time.”

The County Attorney is the Chief Legal Counsel for the Livingston County Board of Supervisors and the individual County Departments in all legal proceedings, including litigation and administrative hearings and in preparing contracts, local laws, resolutions and legal opinions.